Welcome to NSA's Guitar Conservatory Page!

The Guitar Conservatory is a community of guitarists, singer-songwriters, studio musicians, engineers and producers engaged in a four-year traditional and commercial music program. The course design provides aspiring, dedicated young musicians in Nashville the curricular foundations; space, support, and guidance; and academic scholarship to learn the skills of collegiate musical preparatory guitar classes as well as opportunities to engage in commercial music experiences like studio guitar, engineering and artist pathways through Stage Band and Songwriting. Conservatory students study the classical, jazz, blues, rock and country guitar greats along with traditional music theory and the Nashville numbers system. Through an NEA grant with The Country Music Hall of Fame students are privileged to interact with professional songwriters, producers, artists, and studio musicians. Students have also performed or participated in workshops with Country Music legends Michael Martin Murphey, John McEuen, Pat Flynn and opened for current music phenoms like Lauren Daigle and Hunter Hayes. Throughout the four years, students develop their craft in a real-world setting producing original recordings through the Stage Band and Songwriting class through our Sound Cloud account and this year through The Country Music Hall of Fame Journey of a Song album project. Original music will also be featured at Country Radio Seminar, “The Journey of a Song at Home” film project and the international “Acoustic Guitar Project”. Opportunities abound for students to perform and share their musicianship and songwriting talents in professional music events and community engagements that often feature the NSA Jazz Combo or the NSA Country and Bluegrass band. Students of the conservatory have been featured on NPR’s “This is Nashville”, The Ryman Auditorium Stage, The Franklin Theater, The CMA Theater, and “A CMA Christmas” television performance. Alumni have been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, signed to Warner Chappell publishing, and featured on the Voice.


2024-2025 Guitar Auditions 


These are the pieces provided by Mr. Murphey to have ready for the audition:

            Yesterday (chord chart of pop song)

    Tarrega Study in C 


Current Events from the Guitar Conservatory:

Check out our newest project!